Brick & Block Laying

Brick and block layers provide the building blocks for many construction projects in New Zealand. They combine practical and artistic skills to create structures that last for generations.

Job Prospects

Very good

Total Fees

$1500–3000

Time to qualify

2–4 years

Career opportunities

Brick and block layer, supervisor, business owner

Qualifications

What brick & block layers do

As a brick & block layer you can build retaining and structural walls, clad houses using bricks, precut stone and concrete blocks to ensure they are weathertight and look good.  Bricks and blocks an also be used for decoration to create things like fireplaces and other interior features.

Orewa College student, Charlie Binks, constructs his first ever brick wall while visiting Humphrey Brick & Block for a couple of days to see what it's like to work in this industry.


BCITO brick & block laying qualifications

BCITO manages brick and block laying apprenticeships. In your apprenticeship you will be working towards one of the following qualifications:

You’ll work under an experienced brick and block layer who'll provide on-job coaching and support throughout your apprenticeship. You'll also receive the guidance of a BCITO training advisor.

There are no strict entry requirements, although it will help if you have good maths and English skills – you need to be able to understand instructions, and work out measurements, quantities and angles.

Your apprenticeship is the start of a professional career

Brick and block laying isn't just a job – it's a professional career. By doing an apprenticeship and getting qualified, you're setting yourself up for ongoing employment as a well-paid tradesperson. You’ll also open up opportunities to do further study in supervision or site management, go to university or start your own business.